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Wang Dulu

Writing name of Wang Baoxiang (1909-1977), a Chinese author, largely of detective stories and mysteries, whose most productive period in the late 1930s and 1940s saw some of the definitive works of martial-arts fiction (see Wuxia). He was born to Manchu parents in Beijing, shortly before the abdication of the last emperor would see the suspension of the hereditary stipend paid to aristocrats. As a result, his family and many like it fell swiftly into penury; he left school at 15 after the death ...

Braddon, Russell

(1921-1995) Australian author of biographies, many novels and some other work; he was actively interested in experiments on ESP. He was imprisoned by the Japanese in Changi, Singapore, during World War II. His first sf novel, The Year of the Angry Rabbit (1964), is sensitive – unsurprisingly in view of his nationality – about the threat posed by giant rabbits to civilization as we know it; by the end of the book, only a few Aborigines remain, and they start a second Flood. A film, ...

2 + 5: Missione Hydra

Film (1966; vt Star Pilot). Golden Motion Pictures. Directed by Pietro Francisci. Written by Pietro Francisci, based on a story by Fernando Paolo Girolami. English screenplay by Ian Danby. Cast includes Nando Angelini, Giovanni de Angelis, Roland Lesaffre, Leontine May, Kirk Morris, Mario Novelli and Leonora Ruffo. 89 minutes. Colour. / A Spaceship from the constellation Hydra crashes in Sardinia and is buried for two years, forcing its commander Kaena (Ruffo) to place her crew in ...

Conrad, Paul

Preferred pseudonym of UK author and journalist Albert King (1924-1994), an extremely prolific writer in various genres under a series of names: for his Robert Hale Limited sf he used Paul Conrad, his own name, Mark Bannon, Floyd Gibson, Scott Howell, Christopher King and Paul Muller. Born in Northern Ireland, he left school at the age of 14. He was the author of about 120 Westerns, 44 thrillers and 29 romances in addition to his production of 16 sf titles (over two years), of which the most ...


UK funk band, created by George Clinton. A dispute over the name prompted Clinton to form another group, Funkadelic, with largely the same membership; but after the dispute was resolved Clinton kept both projects going, with Funkadelic more funk-rock and Parliament more funk-soul in musical style. The band's fourth album, Mothership Connection (1975) introduces the "Mothership of Funk", a very influential sf-inflected new direction in funk music. Clinton, in interview, talked of his desire to ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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